King George VI
© National Portrait Gallery, London; private collection
King George VI
by Meredith Frampton
oil on canvas, 1929
52 1/2 x 46 3/4 in. (1335 x 1187 mm)
Lent by Trustees of Barnardo's, 1997
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Artistback to top
- Meredith Frampton (1894-1984), Painter. Artist of 4 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Painted while still Duke of York, this portrait marked the sitter's presidency of Dr Barnardo's Homes. It was commissioned by the artist's father, Sir George Frampton, who was actively involved in the provision of works of art for Barnardo Homes. Sittings for the portrait took place in the artist's studio in St John's Wood, London, and the Duke is shown in the full dress uniform of a Royal Navy Captain.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (artist's studio, St John's Wood, London)
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Events of 1929back to top
Current affairsThe first election held under universal suffrage is a victory for Labour. Ramsay Macdonald returned for his second term as Prime Minster, and appointed Margaret Grace Bondfield as the first woman Cabinet Minister.
Art and scienceTwo classic books about the First World War are published: All Quiet on the Western Front, by war veteran, Erich Maria Remarque, tells of the horrors of war and the returning German soldiers' feelings of detachment from civilian life; while Robert Grave's autobiography Goodbye to All That, aimed to describe the author's experiences of the war so that they 'need never be thought about again'.
InternationalThe 24th October 1929 becomes known as Black Thursday when the US Stock Exchange Collapses and millions are lost. The event was the start of the Wall Street Crash, which in turn contributed towards the Great Depression: a major international recession that lasted through most of the 1930s.
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